Poland will on Saturday close restaurants and bars for two weeks and limit public gatherings to five people after new coronavirus infections hit a daily record of more than 13,600.
Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday signaled that the whole country faces being placed on the highest level of restrictions.
“Our actions must be much more decisive. What worries us a lot is the speed of the increase”, Morawiecki said, adding that he would like the current “red zones” to be extended nationwide starting Saturday.
The new measures include wearing masks in all outdoor public spaces, a ban on social gatherings, as well as limits on the number of customers in shops and passengers on public transport. Swimming pools and gyms would also have to close.
The number of hospital beds for patients infected with the coronavirus is being raised from some 17,000 now to 30,000. Warsaw’s National Stadium and conference halls in large cities are being turned into temporary hospitals.